A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes | Review

a kind of truth lane hayesA Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes was a great book filled with complex characters (my favorite kind). There’s music, boys in make-up, and all kinds of fun things.

Make-up on a guy is hot. Eyeliner, lipstick, a little eye shadow–it’s all awesome. This book has that in spades and I loved it.

Rand is the narrator and he’s a pretty straightforward guy. All he wants is to work hard, get his band off the ground, and become a rock star. That’s not too much to ask, right?

Of course, things get complicated when he starts taking guitar lessons from the guy who turned them down to be their new guitarist.

Will is so shy. Almost painfully so. But there is so much more going on beneath his serious exterior.

Will has so many facets, but he also has secrets. He keeps so much inside, hidden away.

I kind of wish Will would have been the narrator, since he had so much going on under the surface. Having Rand narrate, though, allows the reader to learn Will’s secrets at the same pace as Rand.

The relationship between Will and Rand was so sensual and sweet at the same time. They are both so inexperienced about real feelings and relationships that watching them navigate each other was heartwarming.

I loved the fact that Rand was bisexual and stayed bisexual. Too often characters suddenly become gay–bi erasure is not cool. Lane does a great job of dissecting some of the issues faced by those who identify as bisexual.

The concept of being ‘out’ was also a big theme in the book. Will and Rand are both struggling, in different ways, to figure out how to live their lives. There’s so much pressure from outside forces for them to act certain ways.

A Kind of Truth was an extremely enjoyable read. Will and Rand will stick with me for quite awhile. The only problem when I finished? I really, really wanted to go to a Spiral concert.

Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: ★★★1/2


Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, for example that he should keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.

Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 8, 2016
Length: 245 pages
Purchase: Amazon, Dreamspinner

Ciao, darlings.


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